Current Officers (Fall 2016 – Spring 2017)


Zach Bruick

Zach is a senior meteorology and geography major with a minor in math from Seward, Nebraska. A four-year member of VUSIT, he gained leadership experience as the deputy director of the organization during his junior year. Originally terrified of storms, Zach grew to love severe weather before coming to Valpo. Now, he leads the organization in the pursuit of severe convection whenever possible. He plans to pursue a career in severe storm research by first attending graduate school after graduation from Valpo in May. He is an active member of the local AMS chapter, Chi Epsilon Pi, and the Social Action Leadership Team.

Deputy Director

Aaron Updike

Aaron is a senior meteorology major and math minor. He has been a VUSIT member for four years and is also an AMS and Chi Epsilon Pi member. He leads weather discussions for Code Yellow meetings whenever the opportunity presents itself and also plays a leadership role during chases. Outside of weather, he is also the President of the Intramural Advisory Council (IAC), is a member of Phi Delta Theta, works for Rec Sports, and serves as a Tour Guide and Student Visit Team member for Admissions.


Sabrina Bates

Sabrina is a junior meteorology major with minors in digital media and math. She has been a part of VUSIT and the Northwest Indiana Chapter of AMS/NWA for three years. She was the Social Chair for VUSIT her sophomore year. She is also involved in the campus television station, VUTV, as the Weather Producer and as a News Meteorologist. Outside of meteorology, Sabrina likes to keep herself busy with community service. She is an active member of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and is on the Colleges Against Cancer Exec board to plan VU’s Relay for Life. Her plan is to combine her love for meteorology, communication, and community by becoming a broadcast meteorologist. Last summer, she had an internship with WIFR-TV in Rockford, IL to move closer to her goal.


Austin Coleman

Austin is a senior meteorology major with minors in Math and Computer Science from Cincinnati, Ohio. She has been a VUSIT and AMS member for four years and is also an active member of Chi Epsilon Pi. Fascinated by severe weather and the computer science side of meteorology, she plans to pursue a career in research with mesoscale modeling. Outside of meteorology, she is President of the Valparaiso University Horseback Riding Club, a member of the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, and a member of Building Tommorow.

Sophomore Social Chair

Sarah Purpura

Meteorology Faculty Advisor

Dr. Bart J. Wolf

Dr. Bart J. Wolf

Bart J. Wolf is a professor of meteorology at Valparaiso University. His professional interests range from mesoscale meteorology and severe storms to radar applications. He received his Ph.D. in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991 and joined VU in 1993 as its first meteorologist. Wolf was also awarded the Caterpillar Award for Excellence in Teaching by the University in 2000 for his commitment to and effectiveness in teaching.

Wolf serves as academic advisor to several dozen meteorology majors, is faculty advisor for the Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team, and co-founded the Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Weather Association. His innovative and engaging style makes him a popular speaker. He has given more than 100 talks to civic and professional groups, presented his work at numerous conferences, and been published in several journals and magazines.